α,β-Unsaturated acetylenic γ-hydroxyketones have been shown to react with ethyl acetoacetate in a Michael-addition fashion and subsequently undergo cyclization followed by dehydration to give substituted furans with a predictable regiospecificity. The yields were good to excellent. A mechanism for the transformation is proposed, and this mechanism explains why furan formation does not take place when the same unsaturated ketones are treated with α-methylated acetoacetate and diethyl malonate.
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- Conjugated acetylenic ketones
- Propargylic alcohols